Two California men who tried to extort a professional poker player after getting naked pictures out of his hacked email account have been sentenced to time in prison.
According to prosecutors, Tyler Schrier, 23, and Keith James Hudson, 39, took part in a "sextortion" scheme in the fall of 2010 that targeted poker pro Joe Sebok.
Sebok and other victims of the two men were threatened with having intimate emails and pictures posted on the Internet unless they forked over hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other victims in the case were only identified by their initials. None of the victims paid the extortionists, according to Yahoo News.
During a sentencing hearing for the two men, Sebok said that the victims had seen their lives “altered and shattered in irreparable ways" and that the crime had hurt his ability to earn a living.
"In short, I was no longer able to maintain my then-current level of participation in the poker industry, representing the brands that I had been previously, as well as greatly destroying my ability to do so with new companies moving forward," Sebok said. "Without belaboring the point too much, it was a nightmare, and one that I was forced to live through with millions of people watching,"
Schrier pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and unauthorized access to a protected computer. In exchange for his plea, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison. If convicted at trial, he could have received up to 17 years in prison.
Hudson got two years in prison following his guilty plea to unauthorized access to a protected computer for purposes of financial gain. If not for the plea, he could have been forced to serve five years in prison.